ERIC Number: ED081682
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
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Social Studies Education in Oklahoma: A Position Paper.
This position paper re-examines social studies in the Oklahoma schools identifying areas of weaknesses in many existing programs of social studies education for secondary teachers and suggesting improvements. Five hundred public schools of the state were surveyed in order to assess the status of social studies offerings. Although the teacher education graduate is better prepared today than in past years, many teacher graduates still do not receive adequate preparation. The good ideas that already exist need to be implemented rather than revamping the program. Several changes can produce quality social studies education. For example, 1) advanced courses can concentrate on the varied needs of students in the various social science disciplines, rather than focusing on the field of history as they now do; 2) recent findings of educational research involving techniques and curriculum can be applied in professional education classes; and 3) administrators can review teacher background in order to assign them to areas where they are qualified to teach. The overall status of social studies in the state is perceived as being slightly below the national average. Following the paper are data on general core of offerings, status of the social studies in Oklahoma, hours required for certificate, subjects offered in the junior and senior high school during 1970-71, number and enrollments in public and non-public schools, and other information. (SJM)
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Authoring Institution: Oklahoma State Dept. of Education, Oklahoma City.
Identifiers - Location: Oklahoma